Wojciech Szczesny says he’s targeting a final clean sheet of the season against Norwich City that would secure him the Premier League Golden Glove award.
The Pole has 16 lock-outs to his name so far, the same number as Petr Cech, but with the Chelsea keeper ruled out for the final game of the season the Arsenal number 1 has the chance to pick-up a personal accolade that would top-off a fine year between the sticks.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after yesterday’s 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion, Szczesny said:
“I think I’m level with Cech, and I must admit it was in my head for the last 10 or 15 minutes of the [West Brom] game and I didn’t want to concede.
“We’ve had a fantastic defensive record at home and we kept it going here. That’s something that we want to keep next season. If I win the Golden Glove I would love it but it doesn’t matter right now.
“We knew that we didn’t have to win this game but I think it’s always better to leave on a high. The fans are going to go home happy and it’s a good taster before the FA Cup final.
“That’s what it’s all about now. We want to prepare for the cup final, obviously we’ve got the Norwich game, which we want to win. But we want to focus on winning the trophy for the fans because they’ve been incredible for us this season and they deserve the trophy.”
Should he play against Norwich on Sunday it’ll be the second time in three seasons that Szczesny has played every Premier League game; an impressive record given he’s only 24.
He was of course dropped for a couple of months last season but the competition with compatriot Fabianski has driven him to new levels of consistency since. Will he get a start in the FA Cup final? We’ll have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, Per Mertesacker says the Gunners must maintain their intensity going into the FA Cup final recognising the importance of momentum at this stage of the season. Ahead of next weekend’s dead rubber game with Norwich, the German has called on his teammates to train and play hard.
“I think everyone is really up for the cup final and everyone really wants to win it,” the BFG told Arsenal Player. “That is the target and we’ve got one game to go and we want to take it very seriously.
“When you switch off, it’s hard to switch on again so we want to keep the focus and intensity high in training. But as you know everyone is looking forward to the last game and even more to the FA Cup final.”
And may gold be with him.
Saw from the Official stats that Chessers made the 5th highest number of saves in the Premier League this season.Other keepers were from the bottom 3 teams plus Speroni at CP.
Does this mean that he has not had good protection this season or lies,lies and statistics.
For that you should find out the saves to shots percentage. As for cover by the defenders, the total number of shots allowed might help in comparison, but this is a very difficult point to make out just from these basic stats
My OPINION, Fabianski should start the fa cup final for obvious reasons .
What are the obvious reasons??
Well the most obvious reason is that he’s been brilliant in virtually every game he’s played this season.
And so has Fabianski, wouldn’t you agree?
The other reason is his brilliance brought us there in the first place and it would be quite poor form to drop him for presumably a final shot at glory with the club.
For a club famed in its faith in youngsters and class, I think it would only be obvious.
I love Fabianski, and he’s been brilliant thus far, but he’s leaving at the end of the season. It would be a shame if Szcz is the only player here next season who wasn’t a part of the first silverware for 9 years. I think he’d be gutted to miss out on that.
Not as gutted as Fabianski would be as it was his penalty heroics that got us there!
“I love Fabianski, and he’s been brilliant thus far, but he’s leaving at the end of the season”
So should Jenkinson start ahead of Sagna?
Do you think Fabianski is a far, far better goalkeeper than Szczesny? Thought not.
yeah but Jenko is not up to the same quality as the RB beast named Sagna, whereas Sz > Fab
Jack & Serge – Ability was not the question, as only a blind man would say that Jenks is better than Sagna. However if we play SirChesney because Fabianski is leaving, then why should Sagna play?
My view is Fab and Sagna should start. Fabianski was instrumental in getting us to the final, and would be shitty not starting him.
Sagna should start because he’s the far better player and we want to win the FA Cup.
The same does not apply for Fabianski re Szczesny.
What is so hard to understand about this?
Start Fab in the final and when it’s won (or not) bring on chesney as a sub, sorted
He’ll have Diaby for company.
Why should Diaby get to come on?
Giving him that spot takes away from players who have actually contributed towards us getting there/ contributed to our season.
It’s way more important to give our number 1 keeper a taste of winning things than Fabianski who is leaving the club anyway…. Unless he signs da ting.
Great honor for him if it happens, but surely being part of the Three Great Away Dismantlings has to count for something?
It does; 9 points dropped and thousands of comments from supporters bashing the team off topic.
He could walk the perimeter of the training ground chanting and flogging himself bloody, but I still don’t think it would stop.
I’m sorry but to blame the GK for those 3 away games is just silly. Sure, MAYBE he could have done better on a few of the goals but the majority were created by horrible defensive mistakes in the midfield and defense.
Go for it….
certainly felt like we switched off yesterday, especially offensively. I just
hope we thrash hull city at Wembley.
Bring the cup home. COYG
I’m going to be very mad if we win by 70 goals to 1.
If we win by that score and Chelsea lose we get third place.
Come on let’s be realistic here… Chelsea will more likely play for the 0-0 draw.
Seriously though. How many goals do we have to score should Chelsea lose?
If Chelsea lose 1-0 we need to win 18-0 to grab 3rd 🙂
If Chelsea go down 1-0, then 17.
— We’d be on equal goal difference, but will have scored a shitload more goals at that point.
In general terms, we must win, Chelski must lose, we must overturn a -18 goal difference, and we must outscore Chelski on the day by four or more goals. If the first three things happen, then the last is automatic. So if Chelski lose 0-1, we need to win by 17 goals. If they lose 0-2, a 16-0 or 17-1 win would do it for us. Perhaps the easiest way for this to happen is if they lose 0-9 and we win 9-0. Piece of cake. I may even put a dollar or two on that.
They need to be very careful in FA cup final against hull city at list let win something th FA cup.
Good point sir, all the Arsenal fans are actually talking like the cup is already won.
Never underestimate anyone, Man City didn’t learn from last year against Wigan hopefully we learnt from Birmingham 2011.
So Szczesny can get the Golden Glove, Fabianski can play in the final. Sorted.
I agree with that switching off thing. Look what happened to Bayern when they switched off after winning the league. We should be careful of that.
Also, 79 points would be the highest in long time. We have only got more points in 4 other seasons, 2 of which ended up in titles.
I’m feeling pretty confident about the FA Cup. As someone said a while back, it’s a completely different group (bar a few) to the squads that have failed to land silverware in seasons gone past.
Not trying to bring too many people down but, doesn’t the collapse in the league worry you a little? When we got to the point where we were almost favourites for the league we just did the same thing again.
I thought we were past it too, and I’m still slightly worried but we do have most of our team back and it IS Hull so…
And Hull’s two top scorers since Christmas (Long and Jelavic) are cup-tied and can’t play in the final.
It would be nice for schez but it should be golden gloves for the defence too who massively helped them clean sheets. Fabs deserves his place in the FA cup he has earned it on his fantastic performances esp the pen saves which took us to the final. Lets hope we win it and Fab stays at AFC “COME ON YOU REDS”
They should cut the fingers off the gloves and give one to each of the defenders. Flamini’s got scissors.
“I would love it – LOVE IT – if he won the the golden glove.”
*Edit for misquote:
“I’ll tell you honestly, I will love it if he wins the golden glove – love it!”
I’ll get me coat…
Fab between the sticks for the FA Cup is well deserved, Szczesny can sit on the bench, atleast he will get a medal at the end of it plus the golden glove sorted 🙂
And the co commentator still slags him off during the West Brom game… doesnt even mention he has a great chance to win golden glove. I wish i could watch with no commentators and just the sound of the crowd, I guess I’ll have to travel to the UK for that and join you lovely gooners at the emirates :). Do they even let Africans in at the border these days?
That last line is pretty ridiculous, can’t tell if its sarcasm over the internet.
Delicately languid. Abou Diaby.
Yes they let Africans in. What type of comment is that flappylegs? Change your name to Flappybrians!
Flaapy brians? Are they some kind of junk food?
Dutch junk food?
What if… Fabianski starts, then Sanogo has to start. If Szcz starts, then Kallstrom has to start. Which one would it be?
As rubbish as we were getting drubbings against some of our peer rivals this season, worth also noting that apart from opening day, we remained unbeaten at home.
Fabianski should finish the mission and play the finals. He is the cup keeper.
Szsc is the league keeper. Even so, he will get a medal for the FA cup anyway.
I’m sure Wenger has come to that understanding in enticing both to stay with the club if possible.
Thought we may see Viviano in action final day to assess whether we should make a move for him in lieu of Fabianski but looks like that decision is already made.
I’m sure thats a Cafe in Amsterdam…
Between the Poles…
Szsc is more commanding coming out for crosses but I suspect Fabianski has a slight edge in terms of reflex stops.
Think they’re both equally good at reflex stops, maybe Szcz a little better. However, Fab is definitely the more agile of the two. Those leaping saves, Fabianski is slightly better at, dare say.
Enough of this sentimental crap. We think of these professionals as if it were us and our mates on a Sunday morning and thus “doing the right thing”. But where AFC are concerned its just a sign of weakness. And we have history here. Flamini played all the way to the UCL final but Wenger brought in Cole who simply left straight after. The following season we had a great talent in L Diarra but he was kept out if the side by said Mr Flamini who was at the time refusing to sign a contract. Rather than tell Flamini… Read more »
For Szcz to truly exorcise the demons of Birmingham 2012, he has to play his guts out right from match 1 till the finals, and then win the thing (fingers crossed, this happens next year). If we let Szcz play now in the finals, and if we win, we’d be robbing Szcz of a shot at catharsis. No catharsis without spilling blood and guts. Just for this reason alone, I’d have Fab play, and yes, he deserves it too.
Birmingham February 27th 2011 not 2010 or 2012
Sometimes it is not all about science and logic.
If it is all about winning without emotional connections, nobody will want to watch football anymore.
Thank the Lord. Couldn’t say it any better Donjo Mac.
Put it in black and white.
Chesney is our #1. This is a cup final – when would you ever consider your 2nd string goalie In a cup final match?
Fabianski wants to leave – why give him the experience of winning a cup then leaving our club. Fabs, you did brilliant getting us to the final. You can leave the club with your head high.
#Ches for the final
I firmly believe that SZCZ should start, we have bemoaned not winning a trophy for so long, the strongest team possible should start and that means SZCZ plays. Fabianski has done brilliantly but this is high level competitive sport.
Seaman was not picked for a cup run up to the final and then back in for the final. I suspect Wenger will do the same..
Szczesny for keeper in the FA Cup Final.
Fabianski has been great. Thanks a lot pal. But I would hate for our #1 to be in next seasons changing room having not tasted the final. We need winners in the changing room. If Fabianski re-signed, fair play, but he’s choosing to leave, so forget him. of we’re 3-0 up, give him 15, but that’s it.
I’m just hoping for no fuck-ups, whichever one starts. Both do hold a bit of previous for it in the past.
Dreaming of watching Arsene lifting the trophy above his head with a huge “Yessss” to the crowd. What a moment that will be.
Gerrard just over-hit a long pass straight out for a goal kick. One of the commentators described it as ‘inches away from a great pass’. I would suggest his spectacles are inches away from being thick enough.
All of you saying Fabianski shouldn’t start because he’s leaving… Do you want Jenkinson or Bellerin to play ahead of Sagna, then?
Stupid argument. Sagna is our best right back by a mile. Szczesny is our first choice goalkeeper. The analogy doesn’t work at all.
Actually we’re saying Scz should start because he’s number 1. He’s our best GK for a reason and you always want your best players to play in the cup final.
To be brutally honest, I don’t care that much who plays. I just want a fuckin cup…Don’t underestimate them boys. First 15-20 mins will be crucial.
Szczesny for me has been the best goalkeeper in the league. It feels obvious for me considering he is possibly going to have kept the most cleansheets in the league but i feel like not enough people have recognised the outstanding season he has had and use those games against Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool as reasons why hes not been good. I hope he gets that cleansheet, he deserves a bit of recognition for this year.
Agree, I think since he was dropped last year he has upped his game to the next level. The biggest change I see in him this season is he seems a lot more commanding in his area, which was something he certainly lacked in previous years. All one has to do is think back to what you would feel when the opposition had a corner (and we were 1 goal up) 2 years ago compared to now. There is certainly credit due to the entire defence, but Szcz has certainly delayed the heart attack at least until after the corner… Read more »
What about Sagna?
What about Kevin?
Belated clarification–I certainly don’t blame Sczc for those losses…far from it. I just legitimately wondered if those results matter in determining who gets the award, but I see why my earlier comment seems like I’m taking a swipe at him. Unintended.
When called upon, Fab has done the job of the same standards as Scz. For those who accuse Fab of leaving, gimme a break, he is a backup goalie, not an outfield player, what do you expect of him?
I say stick with Fab in goal. It is the honourable thing. Sczh never gave a reason to be dropped throughout the entire season. Similarly, Fab did not give a single reason to be dropped in the Cup games.
This is the F.A Cup Final and a chance for silverware and the exorcism of demons past. Its quite simple in my opinion.
Wenger picks his strongest team that gives us the best chance to win and that must surely include Szczesny.
Unfortunately The Ox and Gibbs look doubtful but with Podolski and Monreal as back up we look strong… ..very strong.
Szczesny for me.
Mourinho is trophyless!
“I’ll quit if we don’t win trophies, you won’t have to sack me.” Jose Mourinho, 17 Aug 2013.
Lovely as it would be, I’m not holding my breath.
Personally, I’d have Szczesny as my AFC player of the season. Along with Ramsey, he’s been our most improved player this season. We always knew he had the talent but he’s now added so much more to his game and has developed into a confident, efficient and reliable keeper. He’s rarely played a poor game this season, he loves the club and the stats, along with the potential golden gloves award, speak for themselves. He seems like someone that everyone enjoys having on the training ground too! Give the man a start in the final and as unfortunate as it… Read more »